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Community arts worker

Community arts workers help local communities plan and take part in activities like drama, dance, painting and photography.

Annual Salary

£16,000 to £28,000

Average UK salary in 2019 was £30,378
(source Office for National Statistics)

Working hours

37 to 39 variable

You could work: evenings / weekends / bank holidays; attending events or appointments

Future employment

There will be 6% more Community arts worker jobs in 2025.
In your local area

Day to day tasks

Your day-to-day duties may include:

  • working with local community groups to identify needs and concerns
  • developing new groups and activities
  • creating artwork and helping community members develop their own ideas
  • promoting and organising input from other arts workers
  • leading meetings and training activities
  • advising on grants, sponsorship and other sources of funding
  • writing funding bids and proposals, managing budgets and general administration
  • publicising activities through the press, local radio, leaflets and social media
  • managing and assessing projects

Working environment

You could work in the community, at an adult care home, in a prison or at a school.

You can get into this job through:

  • a university course
  • a college course
  • an apprenticeship
  • volunteering

You could take a foundation degree, higher national diploma or degree in:

  • community arts
  • creative expressive therapies
  • art and design
  • community education

You'll usually need to be qualified and experienced in a particular art form, for instance visual arts, dance, drama, music or creative writing.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 1 or 2 A levels, or equivalent, for a foundation degree or higher national diploma
  • 2 to 3 A levels, or equivalent, for a degree
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You may find a community arts qualification useful for getting a job as an assistant. Examples include:

  • Level 2 Certificate in Community Arts Administration
  • Level 3 Certificate in Community Development

Entry requirements

You may need:

  • 2 or more GCSEs at grades 9 to 3 (A* to D), or equivalent, for a level 2 course
  • 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, for a level 3 course
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You may be able to do a cultural learning and participation officer advanced apprenticeship, or an apprenticeship in community arts.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English and maths, for an advanced apprenticeship
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Volunteering and work experience

It's important to get relevant experience by volunteering. This can often lead into paid work.

You can find out about local community arts projects from the arts officer at your local council, or by checking:

Direct application

You can apply directly for jobs if you've got paid or voluntary experience of working in the community. For example, in adult education, art teaching or youth work. Experience of working with disadvantaged or vulnerable groups will also be helpful.

Requirements and restrictions

You'll need to:

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Career tips

Experience is just as important for getting onto a community arts course as it is for finding paid work.

Further information

You'll find more on working in community arts and creative careers from Discover Creative Careers.

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With experience, you could work freelance and run larger projects with bigger budgets.

In larger organisations, you could move into a more senior or management role.

Skills required and how your skills match up

What skills are required?

You'll need:

  • customer service skills
  • knowledge of psychology
  • counselling skills including active listening and a non-judgemental approach
  • sensitivity and understanding
  • the ability to work well with others
  • leadership skills
  • the ability to accept criticism and work well under pressure
  • knowledge of English language
  • the ability to work on your own
  • to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device
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